An effort to get unwanted prescription drugs out of the medicine cabinets in Nebraska homes and out of the reach of youth kicks into full gear Saturday.
Attorney General Jon Bruning said prescription abuse is serious during a news conference held in his Capitol office.
“Americans currently abuse prescription drugs more than cocaine, hallucinogens, and heroin combined,” according to Bruning. “And, every day, 2,500 teen-agers use prescription drugs to get high for the first time.”
On Saturday, six sites in Nebraska will take expired and unwanted prescriptions for safe disposal, part of Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The sites will safely dispose of unwanted and expired prescriptions.
Appearing with Bruning at the news conference was David Hayes of Omaha, co-founder of Dillon’s House, named in remembrance of his 15-year-old son, Dillon, who died of a prescription overdose in early 2010.
“The reason that we did the Dillon’s House is this is an epidemic,” Hayes stated. “Every 14 minutes we lose a child to prescription drugs and I think we had to step forward and save parents like myself from going through what we had to go through.”
The Attorney General’s office says past events have collected and disposed of nearly 28,000 lbs. of unwanted drugs across the state, including more than 3,500 lbs. at sites coordinated by the Attorney General’s Office and the Nebraska State Patrol.
Prescription drugs will be accepted at:
Lincoln – Lincoln Neighborhood Pharmacy 6811 O St.
Fremont – Fremont Area Medical Center 450 E. 23rd St.
West Point – St Francis Memorial Hospital 430 N. Monitor St.
Grand Island – St. Francis Medical Center 2620 W. Faidley
Columbus – Columbus Community Hospital 4600 38th St.
York – York General Hospital 2222 N. Lincoln Ave.
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AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]